Prachanda optimistic about end of political crisis after China visit

Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 22:56

Kathmandu: China is concerned over Nepal`s stalled peace process and the delay in the drafting of the Constitution, Maoist chief Prachanda said on Monday as he expressed "optimism" that the political crisis in the country will end soon.
On his return from China after a nine day visit, Prachanda told reporters at the Tribhuvan International Airport that he is optimistic that the current political crisis will soon end and he has come with positive thought.

Prachanda, who met Chinese President and general secretary of the ruling communist party Hu Jintao, standing committee member of the party Jia Qinglin and other senior leaders in China said that he has returned from China with the sense of responsibility. He said he has come with positive thought after the visit to China.

Prachanda who was ousted as prime minister in May after a row over the sacking of the army chief General Rukmangat Katuwal hoped that India will view positively his visit to

Chinese officials during the high level parleys asked the Nepalese government to help control rising Tibetan activities in Nepal.

Hardliner Maoist leader Mohan Vaidya "Kiran", Maoist Foreign Affairs Department Chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Prachanda`s son Prakash Dahal also accompanied Prachanda during the visit.

Prachanda, whose visit to China is considered by critics as his pilgrimage to the Communist superpower also paid a tribute to great communist leader Mao Zedong by visiting his birth place at Shaoshan in Hunan Province.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 22:56

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